May 27, 2010

thinking thursday

Thinking Thursday - This kept slapping me across the face this week!  The thoughts and major "don't ignore this" moments have been way up on the issue of sex trafficking, human sex trade and how I am supposed to help.  It was about a month ago when I was on the woman's retreat with my church, when I started to talk with another woman about her desire to learn more about what we can do in regard to this major international issue.

So I started to look up sites and read about human trafficking this is what I have been reading through:

http://www.catwinternational.org/index.php

http://www.makewaypartners.org/who_we_are.html

http://www.mtvexit.org/index.php?lang=1

http://www.mtvexit.org/protect.php?lang=1&content=12&back=2

  But I like the following:  WHAT IS TRAFFICKING

"Human trafficking is the trade of human beings and their use by criminals to make money. That could mean forcing or tricking people into prostitution, begging, or manual labour.


Victims do not agree to be trafficked – they are tricked - lured by false promises - or forced.

The trafficker takes away the basic human rights of the victim: the freedom to move, to choose, to control her body and mind, and to control her future.

Do not confuse trafficking with smuggling. A smuggler will facilitate illegal entry into a country for a fee, but on arrival at their destination, the smuggled person is free; the trafficking victim is enslaved.

Human trafficking is a global phenomenon that is driven by demand and fuelled by poverty and unemployment. It continues to exact a significant toll in the multitude of countries around the world. A victim is often subjected to the use of force, fraud, or coercion for labor exploitation, sexual exploitation, or domestic servitude. " From MTV EXIT

This is real and this is NOW - over the next few months I will be writting about Trafficking and what each one of us can do about this!


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